Amendment 2 Still Hot Issue

1 decade 1 year 5 months ago Tuesday, December 05 2006 Dec 5, 2006 Tuesday, December 05, 2006 7:29:58 PM CST December 05, 2006 in News

However, Farmer's view changed when a car crash severely injured her brother.

"He was a perfectly healthy, young, vibrant 19-year-old kid. He was crazy and fun. He is now paralyzed from his chest down, and he's been like that for about six months," she said.

Now Farmer hopes stem cell research can help.

"It opens the door to so many new cures that could possibly help people like my brother who are suffering from paralysis, or even people with other diseases like Parkinson's, cancers and diabetes," she explained.

But, opponents of the controversial amendment hope to put it back on Missouri's ballot in 2008. Missouri Right to Life believes researchers should use adult stem cellls, not embryonic stem cells.

"We support adult stem cell research," explained Susan Klein of Missouri Right to Life. "There are treatments and therapies out there right now that people are using with Parkinson's, diabetes and juvenile diabetes. So there's no need of going down the avenue to kill human embryos."

The secretary of state's office said Missouri's constitution states amendments should go into effect 30 days after the general election, unless otherwise stated on the ballot. That means Amendment 2 could take effect this week.

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